Roberto Mancini plays down Mario Balotelli training ground scuffle
Manchester City really need to surround their training ground with trees as once again the club are under the spotlight following photographs which suggested that Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli had a training ground fight on Thursday afternoon.
January 4th, 2013
It appeared that the City manager was unhappy with Balotelli’s challenge on Scott Sinclair during a training session and the two came close to blows before having to be separated by other members of the management team.
However, Mancini was at pains to deny any wrongdoing on Friday and told an assortment of journalists that it was all storm in a teacup stuff.
Mancini said: “I will give him (Balotelli) another 100 chances, if it is possible, if I think he can change. I am here for this.
“Sometimes I am upset with him because he doesn’t do everything for this, but I give him another chance, sure.
“He is 22 and he can do a mistake.”
It appeared that Balotelli might be on borrowed time after this incident although Mancini appears set on reforming the young player rather than hanging him out to dry.
When being asked if the manager lost his temper, he said: “For two seconds, yes – during three or four seconds because he didn’t want to leave the pitch.
“He can’t do this against no-one, but then it was finished.
“It wasn’t a bad thing like in the paper. The photo is worse than what happened.
“We were playing a game and Mario kicked his team-mate and I said to him, ‘Go inside, leave the pitch’. He said ‘no’, and I took his shirt, I pushed him off the pitch.
“This is what really happened, there was no fight.”